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Critics from left: Pam Kragen, David L. Coddon, Pat Launer, James Hebert, Carol Davis, Bill Eadie, ErinMarie Reiter and David Dixon. Not pictured, Jean Lowerison. (Photo courtesy of Ion Moe.)

February 11, 2019 saw the presentation of the 2018 Craig Noel Awards at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, and the celebration of the best in San Diego Theatre. Those honored received plaques from members of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. The 18th annual ceremony will be next February.

Outstanding Dramatic Production (tie)

A Doll’s House, Part 2 – San Diego Repertory Theatre

A Thousand Splendid Suns – The Old Globe

Outstanding New Play / Performing Arts Live Prize

The Wanderers by Anna Ziegler – The Old Globe

Outstanding Resident Musical

Once – Lamb’s Players Theatre

Director of the Year

David Ellenstein – Body of Work 2018

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Small Theater

The Roustabouts Theatre Co.

Actors of the Year – Male and Female

• Kevin Hafso Koppman

• Nadia Guevara

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship

Noah Baird – Disney’s Newsies, Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Special Event

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – Co-produced by San Diego Opera, Bodhi Tree Concerts and SACRA/PROFANA

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Carey Perloff – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Old Globe

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Sam Woodhouse – Fun Home, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Musical Direction

G. Scott Lacy – Once, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design

Ken MacDonald – A Thousand Splendid Sons, The Old Globe

Outstanding Sound Design (tie)

• Melanie Chen Cole – Men on Boats, New Village Arts

• Will Pickens – Uncle Vanya, The Old Globe

Outstanding Costume Design

Fabio Toblini – The Importance of Being Earnest, The Old Globe

Outstanding Lighting Design

Robert Wierzel – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Old Globe

Outstanding Ensemble

Once, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

James Sutorius – The Father, North Coast Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Sofia Jean Gomez – A Doll’s House, Part 2, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Joy Yvonne Jones – Voyeurs de Venus, Moxie Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Wrekless Watson – Cardboard Piano, Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Caitie Grady – Once, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Zackary Scot Wolfe – Avenue Q, New Village Arts

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Eboni Muse – Hairspray, San Diego Musical Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

Bryan Banville – Monty Python’s Spamalot, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Choreography

Jill Gorrie – Hairspray, San Diego Musical Theatre

David Dixon

David Dixon

A fan of theatre from a young age, David Dixon began writing reviews while in middle school, for Union Tribune’s Rated G column and sdcnn.com. He was the Entertainment Editor for SDSU’s The Daily Aztec. Currently, he contributes to San Diego Community News Network, a regional reviewer for Talkin’ Broadway, an interviewer for San Diego Theatre Reviews and has won several San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. David is a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle member, an American Theatre Critics Association member & Regional Theatre Tony Award voter.

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